Warehouse Automation: Future-proofing the Global Economy

Our world has gone increasingly digital in the last 24 months, but we still rely on a massive logistical network of packaging, shipping, warehousing and distribution centers to fulfill a brand’s digital promise. However, ongoing pandemic, global trade issues, and geopolitical issues have disrupted the once predictable throughput and capacity of warehouses and distribution centers.

Adding to this, consumer demands and shopping preferences have shifted, eliminating predictable demand cycles centered on holidays and peak seasons. Now, any given day, week, or month could be a “peak” for a warehouse operator.

In our latest report, Warehouse Automation: Future-proofing the Global Economy — done in partnership with Honeywell — we explore the current state of warehouse operations and how this ever-changing piece of our economy could benefit from automation technologies.

Our findings are based on ongoing research and analysis into digital transformation and automation across all industries, as well as first-hand conversations with a select group of industry leaders with deep, global experience in warehouse operations, automation technologies, and systems implementation.

In this report you’ll learn:

  • The major factors that continue to disrupt warehouse operations today
  • Challenges facing warehouse and distribution center operators
  • Key considerations for warehouse and distribution center operators today
  • How warehouse and distribution center operators can future-proof automation solutions and maximize their value
  • Recommendations for the future

The challenges that are facing warehouse operators are great, but many are adapting to the new realities of the global economy and finding success through the deployment of automation technologies that fit within a long-term strategic framework. If you are interested in learning more about the current state of warehouse automation and how you can improve your operations, download your copy of Warehouse Automation: Future-proofing the Global Economy today.

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About the Authors

Daniel Newman is the Principal Analyst of Futurum Research and the CEO of Broadsuite Media Group. Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. Read Full Bio

Shelly Kramer is a Principal Analyst and Founding Partner at Futurum Research. A serial entrepreneur with a technology centric focus, she has worked alongside some of the world’s largest brands to embrace disruption and spur innovation, understand and address the realities of the connected customer, and help navigate the process of digital transformation. She brings 20 years' experience as a brand strategist to her work at Futurum, and has deep experience helping global companies with marketing challenges, GTM strategies, messaging development, and driving strategy and digital transformation for B2B brands across multiple verticals. Shelly's coverage areas include Collaboration/CX/SaaS, platforms, ESG, and Cybersecurity, as well as topics and trends related to the Future of Work, the transformation of the workplace and how people and technology are driving that transformation. A transplanted New Yorker, she has learned to love life in the Midwest, and has firsthand experience that some of the most innovative minds and most successful companies in the world also happen to live in “flyover country.”

Lauren Kirkpatrick is a junior analyst and project lead for Futurum Research. She covers topics ranging from corporate DEI and ESG initiatives, to cloud, mobility, and beyond. When she’s not working, she’s either chasing her dog, Whiskey, or cheering on her beloved LA Dodgers at the ballpark.